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Friday, October 19, 2012
Genealogy News Corral, Oct. 15-19
Posted by Diane
Look for a new blog soon from the Library of Congress: To complement
its Civil War in America exhibition, the LOC will debut a new blog
in November to chronicle more than 40 folks from the North and South
whose lives were affected by the war.
Posts will use first-person
accounts such as diaries, letters and published memoirs. “Bloggers”
will include people such as Robert E. Lee, Clara Barton, Stonewall
Jackson, William Tecumseh Sherman, Ulysses S. Grant, Walt
Whitman, Elizabeth Keckley, Eugenia Phillips and John F. Chase. You
can find the blog starting Nov. 12 at blogs.loc.gov.
Military records website Fold3 reached a milestone this week when
when the site exceeded 100,000,000 images of historical records. Read
more about this achievement on the Fold3 blog.
The site, which launched in January 2007 as Footnote, has worked
with partners including the National Archives, Allen County Public
Library, FamilySearch and others to digitize records. Ancestry.com purchased the site in
2010 and last year rebranded it Fold3.com.
Got Iowa ancestors? Our Iowa
Genealogy Crash Course webinar, happening Tuesday evening,
Oct. 30, will help you find their vital records, US and state
censuses, land records and more. Learn
more about the Iowa Genealogy Crash Course in ShopFamilyTree.com.
Ancestry.com | Civil War | Fold3 | Free Databases | Libraries and Archives | Military records | Newspapers
Friday, October 19, 2012 3:08:37 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
Thursday, October 18, 2012
See 1911 British Census Transcriptions Free Through Nov. 18
Posted by Diane
British genealogy websites genesreunited.co.uk
and findmypast.co.uk are
offering their members free access to all 1911 census transcriptions
now through Nov. 18.
The 1911 census of England and Wales has details on places of birth,
family members, occupations, how many children had been born to a
marriage, how many were still alive at the time of the census, and
how many had died.
You'll need to register for a free account at either site to view
the full transcription of a census entry. To view the original census record, subscribe or purchase
credits on the site.
census records | Free Databases | UK and Irish roots
Thursday, October 18, 2012 8:41:58 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Ancestry.com Death Records Challenges Offer Chances to Win
Posted by Diane
Ancestry.com is issuing daily mystery genealogy challenges
and that come with chances to win prizes. Use
the site's death records collections to answer a challenge (or
you could just wing it) and you'll be entered into a Nov. 2 grand
prize drawing for a new iPad.
New challenges will be available Oct. 19, 22, 24, 26, 29, and
31. If you answer the challenge correctly, you'll either be
entered into a prize drawing for that challenge (Monday and
Wednesday challenges) or receive a bonus entry for the grand prize
drawing (Friday challenges).
Challenge prizes include gift certificates, Ancestry.com
subscriptions and a DNA test (scroll
down and click the terms and conditions link on this page to
see the list of prizes).
Click here to see the
In addition, several genealogy bloggers also are offering their own
contests sponsored by Ancestry.com, with three-month Ancestry.com
World Explorer subscriptions as prizes. They include:
(If there's another blogger I missed, please click Comments below and let
(ends Oct. 21); this blog will hold a second contest Oct. 23.
Ancestry.com | Genealogy fun | Genealogy Web Sites | Vital Records
Wednesday, October 17, 2012 4:37:38 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Four Tips for Researching Military Ancestors Online
Posted by Tyler
Last chance for Online Military Records!
Almost every genealogist has an ancestor who spent some part of his life in service to our country. Today these individuals are immortalized in collection upon collection of digitized military records.
Jump into the fray with an hour-long webinar from expert presenter David A. Fryxell, who will discuss such conflicts as the Colonial Wars, Revolutionary War, War of 1812, Civil War, Spanish-American War and many more.
Some sample tips from this workshop include:
- Service records and rolls are available for browsing via Fold3 if you know your ancestor's unit.
- Resources vary depending on the conflict. For instance, Revolutionary War records are available via the Daughters of the American Revolution online library, whereas state websites are often an excellent resource for the Civil War.
- There were three different types of WWI draft cards. Along with basic info such as name, age, address, etc., the 12-question Draft Card included occupation and any claimed draft exemptions.
- Records that are not online can still be ordered using the eVets system available from Archives.gov.
Want to learn more, see demos of the sites mentioned here, and have your questions answered by our presenter? There's still time to register for the live webinar—Online Military Records takes place Thursday, Oct. 18 at 7 pm Eastern time (4 pm Pacific).
Can't make Thursday's presentation? No worries! Every registrant receives a copy of the recording to watch as many times as you wish, along with a PDF of the slides/handouts for reference.
See ShopFamilyTree.com for more details about this and other Family Tree University webinars.
Family Tree University | Military records
Tuesday, October 16, 2012 2:15:03 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
Monday, October 15, 2012
FamilySearch.org Adds Free Records for 20+ US States & 20 Other Countries Including Italy
Posted by Diane
FamilySearch has added more than 70 million indexed genealogy
records to the free FamilySearch.org
over the past couple of weeks.
The indexed records come from the United States and 20 other
countries in Europe, Africa, Asia, South America and the Caribbean.
Updated or new US records are from more than 20 states, plus New
England passenger lists.
You can access FamilySearch.org's indexed records by using the search boxes on
the FamilySearch.org home page (which will give you results from all
the indexed records on FamilySearch.org) or by using my favorite
method—searching that specific collection.
You can find the search page for a specific collection in one of two
Got Italian ancestors? More than 8.3 million new browsable images of
civil registrations and church records from Italy also were added.
Because these aren't yet indexed, you'll need to find the page for
the collection and then view records for the place in Italy your
ancestor lived. Click
here for FamilySearch.org's list of Italian record collections.
- use the place filters on FamilySearch.org: Scroll down on the
home page, choose a world region next to the map, then choose a
country, date range or collection on the left to narrow the
collection list to those covering your ancestor's lifetime. Then
click on the title for the collection you want to search.
FamilySearch | Free Databases | Italian roots | UK and Irish roots
Monday, October 15, 2012 10:54:30 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
Friday, October 12, 2012
Genealogy News Corral, Oct. 8-12
Posted by Diane
- Ancestry.com has released a new Ancestry Facebook app that
helps you use Facebook to add to your Ancestry.com family tree. The
app lets you use your Facebook credentials to log into Ancestry.com,
get hints about Facebook members who may be family, add family
members on Facebook to your Ancestry tree and send copies of your tree to those relatives (which they can use to
start their own trees on Ancestry.com). Watch a
video of how the app works and get the app on Ancestry.com.
Note that when you add information from Facebook to your
Ancestry.com tree, you grant Ancestry.com permission to use the
information according to its Terms and Conditions and Privacy
- Our Photo Detective Maureen A. Taylor's book The Last Muster:
Images of the Revolutionary War Generation, will soon
become a historical film! Visit LastMusterFilm.com to
learn more about the project and how you can help the stories of the
book's subjects come to life through a donation to the Center for
- FamilySearch is holding a Genealogists Say "Thanks!" video
contest. Submit a video sharing an ancestral find in
FamilySearch indexes and thanking FamilySearch volunteer indexers
for their work. Five winners will each receive a $25 Visa gift
card and have their videos published on teh FamilySearch indexing
Facebook page. The submission deadline is November 5; see
the FamilySearch blog for contest rules and other details.
- British genealogy website Genes Reunited has added a Keepsafe
feature where the site's members can store digital copies of
their family records, photos and memories. Keepsafes can be public,
private or shared with select others. Also new are Relation
Profiles, where members can view and edit details about people in
their Genes Reunited family trees. Check out the recently
revamped Genes Reunited here.
Ancestry.com | Celebrity Roots | FamilySearch | Genealogy Apps | Genealogy Web Sites | Photos | Social Networking | UK and Irish roots
Friday, October 12, 2012 11:04:26 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
Thursday, October 11, 2012
It's a Great Time for Finding Ancestors' Military Records Online
Posted by Diane
In this quick preview of our Oct. 18 Online
Military Records webinar, presenter David A. Fryxell explains
why it's a great time to be researching your military ancestors.
The webinar will cover how to find online records for ancestors in
specific US wars, the best websites for researching military
ancestors (such as those
David included in our 2012 list of the 101 Best Websites for
genealogy), answers to webinar attendees' military research
questions and more.
Military Records webinar takes place next Thursday, Oct. 18,
at 7 p.m. ET (6 p.m. CT, 5 p.m. MT, 4 p.m. PT).
We're offering a package deal with our Family Tree University US
Military Records course: When you register for the course session
starting Oct. 15 for just $79.99, you'll get a coupon for additional
$20 off the Online Military Records webinar (the coupon code will be
in your course registration confirmation email).
Check out the US
Military Records course here and the Online
Military Records webinar here.
Family Tree University | Military records | ShopFamilyTree.com Sales | Videos | Webinars
Thursday, October 11, 2012 9:17:09 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Iowa Genealogy Tips From Our Crash Course Webinar
Posted by Diane
Although the state of Iowa draws its name from the Ioway tribe of American
Indians, it was also a home to colonists from New France, as
well as farmers who made it part of the Corn Belt.
Whether your Iowa ancestors were European explorers or arrived with
westward settlers, our upcoming Iowa
Genealogy Crash Course webinar by Diana Crisman Smith and Gary
Smith will answer all your questions about Hawkeye State heritage.
Diana and Gary let slip these "preview" tips from the webinar to
share with you:
• Iowa is the 29th state, attaining statehood in
December 1846. Birth and marriage records began in 1880 and death
records in 1891. There are some online indexes (and even record
images) you can use from home—at least to get enough information
to request original records. We'll help you use these online
sources, and tell you where to go for the originals.
Genealogy Crash Course webinar takes place Tuesday, Oct. 30 at
7 p.m. ET (that's 6 p.m. CT, 5 p.m. MT and 4 p.m. PT). Once you're
registered, you'll receive access to view the recorded webinar again
as many times as you want, a PDF copy of the presentation slides and
12 pages of additional handouts that'll help you find Iowa
• Iowa is one of the lucky states with great state censuses. In
the webinar, we'll talk about when they were taken, what
information they include, where to find them, and how to use them.
You'll see examples of one of the greatest censuses in the country
(in our opinions:) and the three pages of information on each
• Land has always been one of Iowa's most important assets. The
first sale of most land was from the federal government to
individuals. Using the Bureau
of Land Management's General Land Office database and other
sources, we'll show you how to find land records and what they
mean to your research.
• The Iowa Genealogical
Society is large and active. We'll have some tips on
researching using the society's library in Des Moines. If you have
Iowa roots, this is one society you should join.
up for the Iowa Genealogy Crash Course now to save $10 with
our early bird discount!
Research Tips | ShopFamilyTree.com Sales | Webinars
Wednesday, October 10, 2012 1:32:24 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
Tuesday, October 09, 2012
Coming Soon: The Genealogy Event
Posted by Diane
A brand-new genealogy event is happening soon, and it's called,
well, the Genealogy
Event. The conference, taking place Oct. 26 and 27 in New York
City at the Metropolitan Pavilion, is full of classes, special events and exhibits.
And advance tickets to the Genealogy Event cost just $15 per day! (Click here to
order online) On-site tickets cost $20 per day.
The roughly 40 half-hour
power-learning sessions cover topics including
getting started, genetic genealogy, house history, Irish research,
Jewish research, African-American research, family photos, tracing
New York ancestors and more. Download a schedule from the
website's Attendees page.
Family Tree Magazine is excited to sponsor Past to Apron, a
separately ticketed event ($30) that's all about where food meets
history. It features a talk by our editorial director Allison Dolan
about discovering and sharing your family's food heritage, a
giveaway of our beautiful book From
the Family Kitchen by Gena Philibert-Ortega (see how
pretty it is?)
and a tasting of the winning dish from the Past to Apron recipe
contest (now concluded; judging has commenced). You can choose from
sessions at 4 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. Saturday; order tickets at the same
time you get
your tickets to the Genealogy Event.
Genealogy Event exhibitors include companies (such as Family
Tree Magazine in booth 406), research organizations and
societies. Among those offering specials, Photo Detective Maureen A.
Taylor will be offering 15-minute consultations about your mystery
photos for a just $30. You
can reserve your spot here.
Find out more on the Genealogy
Event website and Facebook page.
Family Recipes | Genealogy Events
Tuesday, October 09, 2012 10:41:47 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
Monday, October 08, 2012
Canadian Genealogy Websites, Tips and Resources
Posted by Diane
Happy Thanksgiving to our friends in Canada! The second Monday in
October (that's today) is the holiday when Canadians celebrate the
The holiday hopped around from Nov. 6 in 1879, to the third Monday
in October for many years, until Parliament set the date on the
second Monday of October in 1957. You
can read more about the history of Canada's Thanksgiving on the
Armchair Genealogist blog.
If you've got the day off for Canadian Thanksgiving (or if you're
American, for Columbus Day), take some time to trace your Canadian
kin with advice from these FamilyTreeMagazine.com articles (all
free) and resources from ShopFamilyTree.com:
Canadian roots | Genealogy Web Sites
Monday, October 08, 2012 11:03:34 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)